With the attendance of plenty of high-rated figures, professors, experts, researchers as well as local and foreign students from different cities of Iran, Japan, China, Russia, France, Finland, Italy, Bulgaria, Turkey and Armenia, the closing ceremony of 10th Int’l Policy Forum on Urban Growth and Conservation in Euro-Asian Corridor was held in Tabriz municipality’s central building on 30, Aug, 2019.
In the first section of the ceremony, foreign students presented their articles regarding the own field- related studies and findings. In the second part, survey groups in the form of professors and students, missioned in specified areas such as reviving Sahebabad Square and protecting the Grand Bazaar of Tabriz and had workshops and field works in parts of the historical and ancient texture of Tabriz in the first eight days of the forum, presented their projects before the jury committee, of which “Silk road” project won the best initiative title.
Later Riichi Miyake, president of policy making committee of urban growth and conservation named Tabriz as an active city in urban planning and construction.
He pointed to his frequent commuting to Iran, particularly Tabriz and reiterated that thanks to the presence of the world’s biggest roofed- Bazaar and its international popularity and prestige, Tabriz can be named as “the city of Bazaars”.
Professor at Tokyo University of Science further referred to the location of Tabriz on the “Silk Road” and said:” during the history, this issue has made Tabriz be regarded as a tourism destination for foreign visitors and tourists”.
The president of secretariat of urban growth finally touched on the gravity of this year’s forum and cited that considering “Silk Road” issues in this forum made it unique and outstanding.
Scientific Secretary of the International Policy Forum on Urban Growth Conservation in Euro Asia Corridor, Karim Hosseinzadeh Delir, on his part said that conservation of the unique features of the Iranian city, Tabriz will be introduced to the world in the context of such international conference.
He told the upcoming conference will explore ways for conservation of historical sites in the ancient cities including Tabriz, the provincial capital of East Azarbaijan in northwestern Iran.
“Tabriz is one of the five ancient cities in the world and the great cultural heritage of the city is unique, and the forum was a good opportunity that the international teachers and elites get briefed on the city,” he said.
Rasoul Mousaei, Tabriz deputy mayor said that vertical development in the city beside worn-out texture has caused the issue of overloading in the historical context.
"If Tabriz was the same city garden, this forum would have been done under different conditions." Mousaei said at the closing ceremony.
He also added that overloading the historical context led us to face a mountain of concrete in the historical context and buildings with unrelated facades of the historical context.
Deputy Mayor elsewhere said that the results of the forum should not have been archived and buried in libraries. Conversely, it is hoped to analyze the results of researches and surveys, carried out in specialized workshops, and implement them in the case of necessity.
At the end, the deputy mayor of Tabriz said: "The monuments are in our hands and we have to hand them over to the next generation."
It is worth notifying that this year’s policy forum aimed at continuing the momentum of the previous policy forums held in Samara, Russia, 2017. The event was held from 19th – 30th August, consisting of an international forum, conference, technical workshops, where several official and high-level meetings and cultural tours were run on the side events of this forum.
This event’s mainly focus was on the growth management and environmental/heritage conservation within the areas where the comparison between rapidly-growing core cities and poorly-shrinking local towns is distinct. The shift of urban population towards more economically-promising mega-cities characterizes its disparity, where new strategy for the correction of such situation and inter-regional cooperation between matured part and rising part of the world are highly needed.